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Botanical Name - Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum Hardy Planting Zones- 2-8 Sun or Shade – Part shade to full shade Mature Height - 1-3’ Mature Width- 1-3’ Bloom Season – Early Spring-Summer Gardener Status- Beginner

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Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)

The Maidenhair Fern is also known as the Walking Fern, and it is in the genus Adiantum. These plants are unique in appearance, with dark almost black stripes along their bright green feathery and fan-like leaves. This fern usually grows in humus-rich moist soil. However, they can improve in well-drained areas and on rock walls. This is especially true around waterfalls, streams, rivers, and or drainage areas. The Maidenhair Fern is native to North America and Asia. The fern prefers partial shade to full shade and is a low maintenance plant. It is usually between one foot to 2 feet in size and spreads slowly over time. Rhizome division or spores do this in the spring to late fall. There are no significant issues with diseases or insects except that in the summer if there is a high amount of heat it can start to turn brown. This fern provides a sheltered area for frogs and lizards. Maidenhair has some use as a natural medicine. Native Americans used the greenery to make a tea from the leaves to treat many types of respiratory issues such as sore throats and consumption. In some areas of Latin America and South America, the plant is used to induce menstruation, relieve sore throats, rheumatism, and hair and scalp issues. Another interesting use is to hasten labor during childbirth. This plant is very hardy and makes a great indoor decoration. In landscaping, it can be used as a ground cover if the soil is moist and there is not an overabundance of sunlight. It is also used in the garden along paths and walkways. This plant needs to have moisture all year around. Otherwise, it will become dormant. Although Maidenhair is widely abundant, it is under threat in the wild due to loss of habitat due to human activity.


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The Maidenhair Fern is a small non-flowering plant perfect for a shady hillside. It grows quickly in average soil and spreads into large colonies after several years. It grows naturally in wooded areas and features slightly frilly fronds on a gently curved stock. In the spring, the Maidenhair Fern comes to life with new growth of reddish-brown fiddleheads. Thankfully, it is not prone to disease problems or insect infestation. In warm climates, this attractive and hardy plant may wilt slightly during the summer. A perfect ornamental addition to a woodland or rock garden.